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World stock markets slip on second wave virus fears, safe-havens rise

Global stock markets drifted lower on Thursday as an increase in new coronavirus cases in some U.S. states and China crushed hopes of a swift economic comeback from the pandemic, underpinning demand for safe-haven currencies such as the dollar and Japanese yen.

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Portraits of former Confederate House speakers to be removed: Pelosi

Portraits of four former House of Representatives speakers who served the Confederacy will be removed from the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.

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U.S. retail foot traffic rebounds, more staff at work, as lockdowns ease

Retail foot traffic recovered to approach pre-lockdown levels last week and businesses appeared to bring more employees back to the job, according to data from firms that collect cellphone location information and manage employee time for companies.

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Factbox: Who are the immigrant ‘Dreamers’ affected by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration erred in ending a program that offered work permits and protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, a group often called the “Dreamers.”

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Atlanta officer says not ‘state’s witness’ in Rayshard Brooks case, contradicting prosecutor

Devin Brosnan, one of two Atlanta police officers charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, has not agreed to be a witness for the prosecution, his lawyer told Reuters on Thursday, contradicting an assertion made by the lead prosecutor on the case.

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U.S. lawmakers offer bill to block Trump from German troop withdrawal

U.S. congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Thursday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to remove 9,500 troops from close ally Germany by prohibiting funding for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Europe without congressional approval.

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S&P 500, Dow dip on rising virus cases, elevated jobless claims

The S&P 500 and Dow retreated on Thursday as an uptick in coronavirus infections in parts of the United States threatened to upend bets of a swift economic recovery, with data showing weekly jobless claims remained elevated.

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end ‘Dreamers’ immigrant program

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed “Dreamers,” who entered the United States illegally as children.

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Lloyd’s of London to pay for ‘shameful’ Atlantic slave trade role

The Lloyd’s of London insurance market has apologised for its “shameful” role in the 18th and 19th Century Atlantic slave trade and pledged to fund opportunities for black and ethnic minority groups.

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U.S. labor market recovery stalling; second wave of layoffs underway

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, but the pace of decline appears to have stalled amid a second wave of layoffs as companies battle weak demand and fractured supply chains, supporting views that the economy faces a long and difficult recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules against Trump bid to end ‘Dreamers’ immigrant program

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed “Dreamers,” who entered the United States illegally as children.

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Democrats consider next steps after Bolton revelations on Trump

Democratic lawmakers on Thursday said they were considering next steps, including a subpoena, on how to respond to allegations by former top White House aide John Bolton that President Donald Trump sought foreign help to get re-elected.

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Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, is dead at 92

Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of slain President John F. Kennedy, who as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s played a pivotal role in the Northern Irish peace process, died on Wednesday at age 92.

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Shunning international tax talks could trigger trade war: OECD

Failure to work towards an international deal on taxing big digital companies could trigger a dangerous trade war, the OECD said on Thursday, urging countries to remain engaged in talks after Washington announced it was pulling out of them for now.

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Germany wants to rescue talks with U.S. on digital services tax

Germany wants to rescue talks with the United States on how to tax big digital firms such as Google , Amazon and Facebook , the finance ministry said on Thursday after Washington pulled out of the negotiations.

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Wall Street opens lower on rising virus cases, elevated jobless claims

U.S. stocks fell at the open on Thursday as an uptick in COVID-19 infections in the United States threatened to upend bets of a swift economic recovery, with data showing weekly jobless claims remained elevated amid a second wave of layoffs.

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Wall Street set to open lower on rising virus cases, elevated jobless claims

U.S. stock futures fell on Thursday as an uptick in COVID-19 infections in parts of the United States threatened to upend bets of a swift economic recovery, with data showing that weekly jobless claims remained elevated.

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Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, is dead at 92: NYT

Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of slain President John F. Kennedy, who as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s played a pivotal role in the Northern Irish peace process, died on Wednesday at age 92, the New York Times reported.

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Biden launches first major advertising campaign in battle against Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden launched his first major advertising blitz in six battleground states on Thursday as he intensified his effort to defeat President Donald Trump in November’s election.

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U.S. weekly jobless claims remain high as second wave of layoffs hits industries

A second wave of layoffs amid weak demand and fractured supply chains is keeping new U.S. applications for unemployment benefits elevated, supporting views that the economy faces a long and difficult recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

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Jean Kennedy Smith, former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and last surviving sibling of JFK, is dead at 92: NYT

Jean Kennedy Smith, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, died on Wednesday at age 92, the New York Times reported.

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China finds heavy coronavirus traces in seafood, meat sections of Beijing food market

China has found the trading sections for meat and seafood in Beijing’s wholesale food market to be severely contaminated with the new coronavirus and suspects the area’s low temperature and high humidity may have been contributing factors, officials said on Thursday.

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World stocks drift lower as second wave virus fears mount

Global stocks drifted lower on Thursday as an increase in new coronavirus cases in some U.S. states and China crushed hopes of a swift world economic comeback from the pandemic.

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Bolton says Trump unfit for office as book alleges sweeping misdeeds

Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton said the U.S. president is unfit for office, according to interview excerpts released on Thursday after portions of the top aide’s upcoming book revealed a withering portrayal of his ex-boss.

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From Damascus to Berlin: A Reuters journalist’s quest for family reunion

It was still dark in Damascus as I walked down the stairs, my new life contained in a red suitcase. My mother stood next to the taxi door praying for my safety. My father was silent, certain that he would never see me again.